2016 Contest Open


Entries for the 2016 LA Writes Contest are now being accepted. Students must attend a school, or homeschool, in Louisiana. Please spread the word. This year the LA Writes contest will no longer award gift cards. Student winners will be recognized at a ceremony at The Louisiana Book Festival as well as receive a medal and certificate from the governor. If you are interested in supporting the anthology printing and mailing, please click on the side bar to donate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Foundation.

Contest Guidelines:

Louisiana Writes:
Youth Writing Contest – 2016

Competition is open to all Louisiana students in grades K-12.

Prose: French or English Fiction or Nonfiction
• K-6th grades: 750 word limit
• 7th-12th grades: 1500 word limit
Poetry: (up to 3 poems, max. 100 lines) French or English

Medals and certificates awarded in each English category in each of the six grade-level divisions:
K-2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade, 5th -6th grades, 7th -8th grades, 9th -10th grades, 11th-12th grades
Medals and certificates awarded in each French category will be for all grade levels within the division:
Junior Division: K – 6th grades Senior Division: 7th-12th grades

Deadline for entry: May 15, 2016

• Notification of winners by September 1, 2016
• Entries must include an entry form with signed permission for publication. In order for judging to remain anonymous, please do not put the author’s name on the entry. Staple back to back.
• Email submissions are not accepted at this time.
• Winning entries will be published in an anthology, and the winning authors will be invited to an event during the Louisiana Festival of the Book.
• In any of the winning categories the Louisiana Writing Project maintains the right to declare no winner and withhold prizes if no work of merit is found.
• Students may enter writings in all categories within their age group.

Send entries to:
LA Writes Contest
Margaret Simon
# 3 Duperier Oaks
New Iberia, LA. 70563
E-mail: lawpwrites@yahoo.com (Do not email submissions)

Submission form:



4 thoughts on “2016 Contest Open

  1. Angie Trotter March 14, 2016 at 1:39 pm Reply

    2016 Contest Form is not a viable link. Please make it accessible by making it an active and accurate link.

    Thank you!

    • margaretsmn March 15, 2016 at 7:18 pm Reply

      Please check the link now. If it still doesn’t work, email me at louisianawrites at yahoo.com and I can send the file directly. Thanks.

  2. Smiti August 31, 2016 at 11:18 am Reply

    when will you post the list of 2016 winners on the website?


    • margaretsmn August 31, 2016 at 12:58 pm Reply

      Coming soon! Check back after Labor Day.

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